The 2015 Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival

This International film festival in St Louis is positioned to highlight some of the most compelling young talent in the industry.

The St Louis Film Festival is on the horizon, and the prestigious event will draw guests and contributors from around the world. Established in 1992 as the flagship event of Cinema St. Louis, the film festival has since grown into a regional institution. CSL has since expanded its reach to cover a variety of events throughout the year, but the local film festival November 5 through 15 still remains the organization's premier event.



NOVEMBER 5-15, 2015

The film festival will feature a number of attractions spanning the course of 10 days. Films, guests and events will be spread throughout the city of St. Louis, including college campuses like Webster University and Washington University, a dedicated stage at the non-commercial radio station KDHX, and the beautiful and historic Tivoli Theatre.

The International Film Festival has featured some of the most gripping films of their time. Past screenings have included a range of genres and styles, including the bleak rural drama of "Winter's Bone," "The Rite" by Swedish auteur Ingmar Bergman and the starkly realistic "The Bet Collector." Films range from feature-length movies and documentaries to shorts and include a range of both old classics and new favorites. The festival typically features a number of sidebars with themes shining the spotlight on specific cultural groups or thematic issues like environmentalism. A range of guest speakers and special seminars digging into the history and methodology of film offers guests a richer and more comprehensive understanding of the films being featured.

Whether you're an obsessive film lover or a neophyte, come see what the International Film Festival has to offer. We hope you spend your visit with us at The Chase Park Plaza!

Enjoy October Fright Fest at Six Flags St. Louis!

Experience thrills by day, fright by night at Six Flags St. Louis.


Usher in the Halloween season with Fright Fest at Six Flags St. Louis. With the weather remaining pleasant in the day and turning cooler at night, autumn is the perfect time to visit one of the country's most popular theme parks for thrilling rides all day and frightful fun at night.

Six Flags St. Louis has some of the best coasters in the country, including American Thunder, Batman the Ride, Boomerang, Fireball, Mr. Freeze and Ninja, and these excellent rides are still open for the season while the weather is still warm. With fall approaching quickly, the park has also opened its doors at night to welcome the thrills and chills of the Halloween season with themed events.

By day, all your favorite Looney Tunes characters will be on display in their best Halloween costumes. Macabre Mansion will host retellings of ghost stories and give away bags of candy. A Halloween dance party, wonderful themed shows and the Freak Out Circus are all scheduled for fall fun while the sun is still up. The sun will set eventually, and that's when Fright Fest really comes alive.

For 15 ghoulishly filled nights, Six Flags St. Louis will unleash the freaks of the night inside the park to terrorize all who dare to enter. Fright Fest includes themed scare zones, haunted attractions and all the best coasters opened for night riding that should terrify even the bravest riders. This frightful shadowland will be packed with costumed employees ready to leap out and make your worst nightmares come true.

After you've had your spooky fun at Six Flags, come relax at the area's premier luxury hotel, The Chase Park Plaza. Our elegant and historic hotel is less than 6 miles from Downtown St. Louis, so you can head back out for more Halloween festivities after your day at the theme park.

Get Ready for the St. Louis Rams 2015 Season

The Rams are bringing the thrill of the gridiron to Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis through December.

The St. Louis Rams 2015 season is packed with home games sure to excite their vocal fan base. On September 27, 2015, the Rams will host the Pittsburgh Steelers for a game at Edward Jones Dome. Half the remaining Rams games until December will be hosted on their turf. The home game schedule through the end of this year is as follows:

• The Cleveland Browns on October 25 St. Louis Rams
• The San Francisco 49ers on November 1
• The Chicago Bears on November 15
• The St. Louis Cardinals on December 6
• The Detroit Lions on December 13
• The Tampa Bay Buccaneers on December 17

The Rams have based themselves out of Edward Jones Dome since 1995. This dome serves as a multi-purpose complex and doubles as a convention center, and it makes for a thrilling environment to watch a game. The stadium includes seating for over 70,000 fans, including a private luxury suite level with 120 seats, a private club seat and luxury suite level with 6,400 club seats, a lower bowl concourse level and an upper bowl terrace level. The Rams have a long and storied history in the stadium, the dome having hosted five NFC playoff games; the Rams have taken the championships in both the home NFC playoffs they competed in.

If you're traveling to enjoy football games in St. Louis, we hope you'll consider staying at the Chase Park Plaza. Our gorgeous hotel was ranked as one of the Historic Hotels of America by the National Trust For Historic Presentation, and our three onsite restaurants are the perfect spot for a post-game dinner or cocktail. Browse our website to explore travel options from our hotel's location to the Rams' stadium.

Amazing Stingrays at Caribbean Cove at St. Louis Zoo

Embark on an aquatic adventure with this bold interactive exhibit.

St. Louis ZooPresented by Mercy Kids, the stunning saltwater pool display will be stealing the show at the St. Louis Zoo. Several types of rays and sharks await to please the crowds with the final days of the exhibit through Oct. 4, 2015. Seeing the beautifully designed waterfall and landscape surrounding the exhibit alone is worth the admission price.

While visiting the stingrays at Caribbean Cove at St. Louis Zoo, you’ll learn all about the gentle creatures that dwell within the 17,000-gallon pool. You will see such species as the Cownose ray, Southern stingray, and Bamboo shark. Don't miss the chance to get up close and personal with the stingrays during feeding times. Touching the creatures is allowed and encouraged for guests. The barbs are carefully trimmed to ensure a pleasant and safe experience. However, keep in mind that the sharks are a little more timid than the stingrays.

During your day at the zoo, you can also experience the numerous other exhibits and entertainment options. See everything from butterflies to hippos and flamingos at the many animal habitats throughout the zoo. If you’re interested in learning more about the amazing creatures you’re seeing, attend one of the zoo lectures. A schedule can be found on the zoo website.

No matter where you travel from to see this incredible exhibit, you’ll want somewhere comfortable to stay after a day enjoying the zoo. You can stay with us at The Chase Park Plaza, which is conveniently located adjacent to Forest Park and near the zoo. Our website has more information on our accommodations and amenities.

Join the Rungevity Rock 'n' Roll St. Louis Marathon

Run all day and then relax all night at the Toyota Rock 'n' Roll Concert Series.

October 16 to 18 will see the Gateway to the West warming up and getting in shape with the Rungevity Rock 'n' Roll St. Louis Marathon. The event kicks off on Friday with the Health and Fitness Expo. It will be held at America's Center Convention Complex where you will find many stands exhibiting the latest running gear. While there is an emphasis on racing, the Expo is by no means limited to this one activity. There will be displays for all kinds of sporting goods as well as booths dedicated to ways to maintain your fitness. You can expect to find free giveaways and demonstrations that let you try out some of the new equipment. The Fitness Expo continues on Saturday.

The races take place on Saturday and Sunday. There will be a 5K, a 10K and a half marathon. Live music will be provided by bands located every mile along the course of the race to help keep the runners energized. Then, at the end of the day, the Toyota-sponsored concert series will take place with Sister Hazel as the headliner for St. Louis Rock 'n' Roll Marathon.

There is more than enough going on to keep you busy throughout the weekend, so take a break to grab a bite to eat. Several great options can be found in the Chase Park Plaza. If you are just looking for drinks and some light food to tie you over, visit Chaser's Lounge. Café Eau features indoor and outdoor seating; there is a fireplace on the patio for those who would like to eat outside even when it's chilly. The Tenderloin Room is the Chase Park Plaza's fine dining option, and Eau Bistro features a seasonally changing menu made from local ingredients.

Celebrate October German-style at Soulard Oktoberfest

This German festival in St. Louis provides the best in Bavarian food, beer and music.

Soulard OktoberfestOktoberfest is a German tradition that people around the world love, and if you plan to be in St. Louis this October, you can check out the Soulard Oktoberfest. This event will run during the late afternoon and evening hours from October 9 through 11 in the popular Soulard community just south of the downtown St. Louis area. It will be held across the street from the popular Soulard Market in an area with beautiful historic architecture. This popular German festival also features a full carnival. You can expect to find dozens of vendors selling different types of beer, a fun German atmosphere, an exciting Living Social area, exciting cultural entertainment each night and more.

To get a discount when you attend the Soulard Oktoberfest in St. Louis, you may consider pulling out your German lederhosen or picking up a new pair. Those who wear lederhosen will benefit from free admission to the festival and the carnival. Whether you pay for admission or you wear your lederhosen, keep in mind that admission includes an Oktoberfest beer mug and a liter of beer to get you started. Vendors like Schlafly, Hop Shop, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, St. Louis Bworks, Kenrick's Meats & Catering and others will be at the event, so be sure to bring extra cash along to enjoy all that Oktoberfest has to offer.

If you are making plans to visit St. Louis from out of town to enjoy Oktoberfest, now is a great time to make your reservation. The Chase Park Plaza provides comfortable accommodations and friendly service. Stay with us when you visit St. Louis to enjoy close proximity to great restaurants and explore some of the most popular local attractions.

Foodies Rejoice! The Taste of St. Louis 2015 will be Here Soon!

The three-day culinary event is set to rock the Chesterfield Amphitheatre September 18 through 20.

Taste of St. Louis

The city of St. Louis is about to become the culinary capital of the country when Budweiser Taste of St. Louis rolls into the city, September 18th through 20th. Local celebrity chefs competing in a battle royale, informative demos for all inquisitive home cooks, and a kid's kitchen ready to inspire the younger generation are all things to look forward to during this weekend. Voted Best Food Event for 2013, 2014, and 2015 by St. Louis Magazine, this is the event that St. Louis has been waiting for all year.

With two major cooking competitions: the Stella Artois Chef Battle Royale and Culinary Stage and the Budweiser Home Chef Throwdown Contest, attendees experience plenty of excitement throughout the three-day event. For a more laid-back experience, there is the 314 Hot Sauce Restaurant Row, where festival-goers have the opportunity to purchase signature dishes from over 35 established and up-and-coming restaurants. To continue on this unique culinary experience, Taste of St. Louis also includes an ArtWalk that gives local artists a chance to showcase their work for prizes and purchase.

This St. Louis food event is just one of the many wonders the city has to offer. If your excitement extends past the three days of the festival, the CWE has many popular attractions, such as The Tenderloin Room at the Chase Park Plaza. Our classic steakhouse is a fine dining staple in the heart of the Central West End and would be a wonderful end to a delightful culinary weekend.

The 11th annual Taste of St. Louis is free to attend, so check out every day. The events and excitement rotate so each day is sure to be a different experience for your family and friends. Book your room at The Chase Park Plaza for comfortable accommodations while you enjoy the show.

Coming Soon: Great Forest Park Balloon Race & Glow

Fantastic free event comes to Forest Park St. Louis.

Great Forest Park Balloon Race

The very tail-end of summer sees St. Louis celebrating one of its most prized annual events at Forest Park on September 18 - 19, 2015. Founded in 1973, this year marks the 43rd Annual Great Forest Park Balloon Race. The balloon race and its attendant balloon glow are the oldest free hot-air balloon events in the world with more than 150,000 spectators annually and 70 entries into the race. All of it is completely open to the public with free admission!

The vibrant colors of the balloons come to life on Friday night for the balloon glow. As dusk settles over St. Louis, the anchored balloons inflate, standing cheerfully upright among the spectators. Clustered together at Central Field, the colorful balloons ignite together, glowing brightly. The Glow is a fantastic opportunity to take contest pictures, and don’t forget to check out the Missouri Humane Society’s fundraiser that's located nearby to this event. The festival offers free fireworks after the Glow is finished.

On Saturday afternoon, the balloon festival in Forest Park comes to life again with entertainment for children and adults and a photo contest for attendees. Pony rides, concession stands and local entertainers fill the festival grounds while the racers prepare for the main event. Make sure to get to the park before the opening ceremonies to catch a show from the Miller Lite Skydivers. The race begins late Saturday afternoon, capping off two fantastic days of free events for attendees. Make sure to check the schedule of events to find out exact times and get more information about each celebration.

The Chase Park Plaza is always excited for this time of year when the balloons brighten the St. Louis skyline. If you’re looking to make a fun vacation out of this trip, come stay with us at our luxurious and comfortable hotel near Forest Park!

Enjoy St. Louis Art Museum's September Underground Garden Party

The SLAM Underground Garden Party this September is approaching fast!

Saint Louis Art Museum (SLAM) has a full slate of activities on the way to celebrate September. The special exhibit of Senufo: Art and Identity in West Africa runs through September 27 with extended hours at the Saint Louis Art Museum on Fridays as well as Family Sundays.Museum

Family Sundays at SLAM are filled with lots to explore and experience for people of all ages. You might get a visit from Karl the Knight or listen to a special storytelling adventure. The museum offers free docent-led tours on a daily basis; just gather at the Information Center in Sculpture Hall. The tours bring to life the incredible collection and usually finish up in an hour.

One of the most anticipated events in August & September comes along on the last Friday of the months. The SLAM Underground Garden Party is a special underground blowout for each month. The museum opens up to a world of music, dance, play and special art-making experiences. The party goes from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., so get there right at the start. Did we mention there will be signature cocktails? Sip and savor the flavor of the month while you enjoy talking with some of the hippest crowd in town.

A great place to start an evening at the Saint Louis Art Museum is at the The Chase Park Plaza. Just 10 minutes away from the museum, our hotel offers a range of restaurant choices to start the night off. Eau Bistro, The Tenderloin Room, Café Eau and the Chaser's Lounge provide a wide range of great cuisine, drinks and ambiance to suit guests of any age. Our luxury accommodations make The Chase Park Plaza the perfect location for the family to stay in St. Louis, so book with us and explore the local museums and attractions.

Enjoy the LouFest Music Festival in St. Louis

The LouFest summer music festival in Forest Park rocks with 30 bands in September.

LouFestThe St. Louis area is already brimming with excitement about a fabulous event that is coming to the region in early fall. The LouFest Music Festival in St. Louis is scheduled to take place on September 12th and 13th, and it will surely be an experience to remember with big name bands playing, and up-and-coming artists ready to be discovered.

This year's edition of the music festival takes place at Forest Park in St. Louis and will feature performers such as The Avett Brothers, Billy Idol, Ludacris, Albert Hammond Jr. and more, for two exciting days of outstanding live music and fun. In addition to these artists, there will be pizza and brews available. Market Square offers unique stylish accessories, and the Loukidz stage provides an array of activities for the little ones. This weekend of music is kid-friendly, and the young ones will be dancing to the music while participating in face painting and crafts. Admission is free for kids with an adult, and the whole family is bound to have a great time.

Four stages will be host to 30 bands throughout the weekend, and this musical event promises to be a rockin' good time for all. In addition, you'll have a park setting in which to relax and re-charge, with abundant activities and giveaways as part of the weekend.

We at the The Chase Park Plaza invite you to stop by our hotel for a meal or a movie in our theater; we hope you'll make the most of LouFest St. Louis by taking advantage of the amenities open to both guests and visitors. Get ready to enjoy some fabulous sounds by the music industry's best at Forest Park in September.